Wednesday, October 23 2013
Good comedy writing requires skill, hard work, intelligence, and funny bones. Luckily, John Finnemore's got bucketloads of what it takes.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
Never has a grumpy, bumbling, miserly, forgetful, and formerly marginally famous variety star been so lovably hilarious.
Monday, May 6 2013
Armando Iannucci's The Thick of It and Veep have solidified his legacy as a political satirist, but we mustn't forget the impact his other works have had on culture and comedy.
Monday, December 17 2012
Despite a few imperfections, this month's British Comedy Awards highlighted the best of British television comedy.
Wednesday, October 17 2012
BBC's satirical news show has taken viewers on a long and bumpy ride. Now in its 44th series, has it reached the end of the road?
Thursday, August 30 2012
Before Sean Lock became a comedian, he worked as a labourer on building sites, an office worker for the Department of Health and Social Security, and a toilet cleaner and goat herder in France. No wonder he's got an opinion on everything.
Monday, July 9 2012
Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.
Tuesday, April 24 2012
Love and hate. Success and failure. Life and death. Cigarettes. You could get addicted to Brian Dooley's The Smoking Room.
Thursday, February 23 2012
Did the record breaking Ricky Gervais Show podcast give insight into the real people behind it? Or were they just three more brilliant comic creations?
Monday, January 16 2012
Comedian Lee Mack believes that realism is the enemy of comedy. But his own series, Not Going Out, proves that the Old-School sitcom is alive and kicking.
Thursday, October 20 2011
We rarely equate television game shows with admirable life philosophies, but the BBC's QI with host Stephen Fry pulls it off by making us think as well as laugh.
Tuesday, August 30 2011
The BBC has recognised that its mission statement "to inform, educate and entertain" must, simply must, include radio comedy.
Monday, June 20 2011
They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.
Tuesday, April 19 2011
Everything the media told us we now had to question, because Charlie Brooker showed us the truth. But hearts were broken when television's biggest critic was seduced by the boob tube's charm.